Going the Extra Mile

Brandon Benham manually lashing the fiber, with Chris Patrick in the bucket and Tanner Jones and Josh Ciaramita on the ground as they work on hanging mainline fiber across I-40.

Fiber cooperatives strive to set the gold standard in the broadband industry by serving our membership through providing high-speed, reliable internet access in our rural areas.

Our focus is to have best in class customer service by answering our phones locally and responding quickly with our local team of technicians. We are here for the long game, not to increase subscriber count and then sell to the next company. Cooperatives have been serving their members for 80 years. Our goal is to be here doing what we do for at least another 80 years!

Like many cooperatives, Canadian Valley Electric knew they had to fulfill the need for high-speed internet that had been forgotten in rural Oklahoma communities. To meet that need, CVEC Fiber was created to serve its membership and went the extra mile to ensure its underserved rural communities have faster internet access than the majority of the big cities. The multi-gig network that CVEC Fiber offers is some of the fastest internet in the nation.

By going the extra mile, CVEC Fiber has been able to provide over 6,000 subscribers with reliable internet so that families can have movie nights without buffering and businesses can provide timely transactions to their customers.

“We know that our members are patiently waiting for us to get our fiber built to them. In the past 2 years, we have built half of the 4,000 miles of fiber needed to get access to 100% of the membership. It has been a huge undertaking, but very rewarding when members tell us how life changing it is once they get it,” Sheila Allgood, general manager of CVEC Fiber, said. 

Dependable internet is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity for many individuals. CVEC Fiber, alongside other broadband cooperatives, is proud to play a part in improving the quality of life in our communities. Because who else is going to go the extra mile?